Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers
Singers of the San Carlo Grand Opera Company

Jun 24, 2014

Friedrich Zohsel (Tenor) (Stuttgart 1879 - Berlin 1952)


                                                                 Radames

He studied singing under Jacques Stückgold in Berlin, later with the famous heroic tenor Heinrich Knote. In 1908 he made his debut at the Court Theatre of Detmold. In the 1909-1910 season he sang at the Municipal Theatre of Ulm, from 1910 to 1911 at the Municipal Theatre of Basel. In the 1911-1912 season he performed at the Municipal Theatre of Katowice, from 1912 to 1913 at the Municipal Theatre of Görlitz. Then he lived guesting in Berlin, however, was drawn in 1914 as a soldier in the First World War and got in Russian captivity. Only in 1919 he could take up his career again, namely first in the 1919-1922 seasons at the Dresden State Opera, then from 1922 to 1927 at the Municipal Theatre of Chemnitz in which he appeared in 1925 in the premiere of the Wilhelm Kienzl’s opera ‘’Hassan der Schwärmer’’. In 1927-1930 seasons he was active at the Opera House of Leipzig; here he sang in 1928 in the premiere of the Hans Hermann Wetzler’s opera ‘’Die baskische Venus’’. Then he appeared at Berlin. In the 1933-1934 season he sang at the Municipal Theatre in Dortmund and from 1934 to 1935 at the Municipal Theatre in Augsburg. Then he again appeared at Berlin, where he led later an artist's agency. He appeared during his career as a guest among other things at the Berlin State Opera, Dresden and Vienna (1927).

Chronology of some appearances

1908 Detmold Court Theatre
1909-1910 Ulm Municipal Theatre
1910-1911  Basel Municipal Theatre
1911-1912  Katowice Municipal Theatre
1912-1913 Görlitz Municipal Theatre
1919-1922 Dresden State Opera
1922-1927 Chemnitz Municipal Theatre
1927-1930 Leipzig Opera House
1933-1934 Dortmund Municipal Theatre
1934-1935 Augsburg Municipal Theatre

RECORDINGS FOR SALE










Grammophon, Berlin 1921 (Spring)
Africaine (meyerbeer): Land so wunderbar B62033 427½as
Carmen (Bizet): Hier an dem Herzen (Blumen-Arie) B62034 431as
Bohème (Puccini): Wie eiskalt ist dies Händchen B62039 428as

Parlophon, Berlin 1922-12-12
Huguenots (Meyerbeer): An diesem Ort mich hier zu finden (w. chorus) P1493 2-6125
Trovatore (Verdi): Miserere (w. Bettendorf & chorus) P1452 2-6126
Oberon (Weber): Von Jugend auf in dem Kampfgefild, pt 1 P1439 2-6128
Oberon (Weber): Von Jugend auf in dem Kampfgefild, pt 2 P1439 2-6129
Trovatore (Verdi): Daß nur für mich dein Herz erbebt P1493 2-6130


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